Friday, August 13, 2010

Motorcyclist injured in highway crash

50-year-old man life-flighted to Boise


By TREVON MILLIARD
Express Staff Writer

Paramedics treat the motorcycle-crash victim in the northbound lanes of state Highway 75 near the East Fork Road intersection. The highway was temporarily closed after the accident. Photo by David N. Seelig

Lewiston resident Wayne Long, 50, was life-flighted to Boise on Thursday after colliding his 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle with the right-rear side of a 2001 Mazda Tribute while heading north on state Highway 75. The accident occurred near the East Fork Road intersection, 5.5 miles south of Ketchum.

The SUV was being driven by Fairfield resident Wilber Pratt-Perez, 28. Pratt-Perez was treated and released at the scene.

Traffic was stopped in both directions on the highway until emergency personnel could direct drivers safely around the accident. Long was pulling a small trailer with his motorcycle.

Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle said a paramedic was actually waiting at the light when the accident happened and immediately rendered aid after calling 911 at about 10:15 a.m.

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Elle said Ketchum paramedics responded. He said the man had multiple traumatic injuries, and described his condition as serious.

"He was conscious and alert," Elle said, "but had a lot of injuries."

The crash is still under investigation.

Trevon Milliard: tmilliard@mtexpress.com




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